Fish Charm No. 1

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Davie studied art at Edinburgh, but initially embarked upon his creative life as a poet, influenced by Ezra Pound and Walt Whitman. He later worked as a jazz musician, and during a European tour in 1948 decided to focus his creative energies on painting. This work includes a number of symbols that hold both Christian and ancient Egyptian references, which often feature in Davie’s work.

Jerwood Collection


Fish Charm No. 1




oil on canvas


H 122 x W 152.5 cm

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Signed and dated, on the reverse: ‘Alan Davie/NOV 1965’; inscribed ‘FISH CHARM/48” x 60”’


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